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The Envy Awards, the prizes you’ve never heard of for those singular TV moments

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“The Mandalorian’s” breakout star, known widely as Baby Yoda, captured the hearts of even hardened sci-fi fans. (Kirsten Ulve/For The Times)

Emmys time gives us a chance to admire and honor the fabulous performances, the entertaining shows, the visionary artisan work of the series that transported us over the past television season. But what about the parts of the industry that don’t have their own awards category? Who will speak for the overlooked, the special and totally weird?

Why, we will! Presenting The Envelope’s 2020 Envy Awards, now as always presented in living, virtual color!

Outstanding Performance by a Smart Aleck: “Billions”

Mensa took it on the chin in at least two shows this past season, including BBC America’s “Quiz,” where a disgraced game show winner took the test to prove that, yes, despite claims he cheated, he really was a smarty-pants. But

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  • August 26, 2020

Who is the real Amber Heard?

"Oppressive": journalist Leaf Arbuthnot did not enjoy her interview with Johnny Depp's ex-wife and actress Amber Heard - Stephane Cardinale - Corbis
“Oppressive”: journalist Leaf Arbuthnot did not enjoy her interview with Johnny Depp’s ex-wife and actress Amber Heard – Stephane Cardinale – Corbis

I was cycling past the Royal Courts of Justice last week when I saw a group of people tightly packed on the pavement. I Googled what was going on. Amber Heard had arrived for a libel trial at the High Court where her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, is suing the Sun’s publisher and one of its journalists for an article in which Depp was called a “wife-beater”.

Photos of Heard entering the courts whisked briskly around the internet. I noticed, with a small shock of recognition, that she was wearing a jumper dress cinched at the waist by a belt, just as she had when I was flown to the Hague in 2018 to interview her for The Sunday Times.

In fact, she looked exactly the same: beautiful and

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Johnny Depp, Amber Heard come face-to-face in U.K. court for explosive showdown

Day one of Johnny Depp’s libel trial in the U.K. kicked off on Tuesday as he and Amber Heard came face-to-face for the first time in years. The Aquaman actress looked on as Depp testified that while he’s taken “every drug known to man” he is not the “monster” she has made him out to be, setting up what looks to be an explosive three weeks in court.

Depp is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN), owner of the Sun, and the tabloid’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over a 2018 article which called him a “wife-beater.” Heard has remained steadfast in her claims that she was the victim of domestic abuse in over 13 incidents from 2013 to 2016, which the Pirates of the Caribbean star vehemently denies.

“The Defendants will suggest that either Mr. Depp is a pathological liar or his excessive alcohol and drug abuse have detached him

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